Civil Rights / Liberties
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
“This year, Rhode Islanders will make it known at the polls that anti-abortion politicians have no place in the Rhode Island State House,” said Craig O’Connor, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Rhode Island with Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, National News, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, ACOG, All Saints Memorial Church, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Anthony Kennedy, Craig O’Connor, David A. Ames, Elena Kagan, General Assembly, Jennifer Villavicencio, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund Clergy Advocacy Board, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Roe. v. Wade, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Steven Breyer, Steven Brown, The Guttmacher Institute, United States Supreme Court, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2016
Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, was a refugee from Massachusetts seeking freedom and safety in our state. Bah said that welcoming refugees is a Rhode island tradition that must be protected.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Holidays, Immigration, International News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, James Langevin, Nellie Gorbea, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Roger Williams, World Refugee Day | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
“We’re not sitting around waiting for our police department or our mayor or someone else to stand up,” said Diana Garlington to the crowd, “We need to stand up. These are our children. These are all of our children.”
By ACLU of RI on June 21, 2016
The groups had requested the Governor to veto the legislation, stating that the bill was so broadly worded that it could make criminals of people involved in neither revenge nor porn, and would have a direct impact on the First Amendment rights of the media.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, American Booksellers for Free Expression, Chris Finan, David Horowitz, Gina Raimondo, Justin Silverman, Media Coalition, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By Adam Miner on June 16, 2016
“The Catholic Church believes in social justice, racial justice & economic justice, as do I,” said Bill Deware, “Jesus healed the sick, helped the poor and didn’t judge. These are areas I would like to focus on in my career and in my life.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Bill Deware, catholic church, knights of columbus, Lancellotta’s Banquet Restaurant, William O'Brien | 3 Responses
By Harry Rix on June 15, 2016
After 400 years of terror, isn’t it time for all Christians to speak out against ‘Radical Christian Extremism?’ Slavery was terrorism: Plantations were concentration camps. The Native American genocide was terrorism: The Trail of Tears was a death march. Hangings by slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan were terrorism: These murders—often perpetrated or approved by white ‘Christians’—were intended to grieve, horrify and intimidate blacks.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, History, Immigration, LGBT, National News, Opinion, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans | Tagged Islamophobia, love, Muslims, Radical Muslim Extremists, terror attacks, terrorism, truth | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2016
“How am I, a queer person of color, a queer woman of color, supposed to feel safe?” Flores-Maldonado asked, “We need to remember that Stonewall happened because trans-women of color had enough of police riots.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2016
Governor Gina Raimondo will be at the Burrillville High School, 425 East Ave, Harrisville, for a community meeting Monday, July 18 from 6 PM – 9 PM to discuss the proposed power plant.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville High School, Channel 12 Newsmakers, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FANG Collective, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Kathy Martley, Tim White | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
The organizers see the expansion of chemical industries in this area of South Providence as “a clear example of environmental racism as all 11 of the EPA’s identified toxic polluters in Providence are already in this zip code, which is predominantly low-income people of color.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged David Graves, DOT Hazard Class, EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of RI, EPA, FANG Collective, national grid | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
Governor Gina Raimondo, “pledged that on Friday she will officially announce the date of her community meeting in Burrillville.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, FANG Collective, Kathy Martley, Michael J. McCaffrey, MTBE, Nick Katkevich, teresa paiva weed | Leave a response
By Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island on June 9, 2016
There is a growing movement of conscience to use boycotts as a peaceful strategy against the human rights violations imposed by Israel against the Palestinian people. This House Bill as proposed would itself discriminate against those have taken a principled stance for justice and international principles of human rights.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, International News, National News, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BDS, israel, Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island, Mia Ackerman, palestine | 4 Responses
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on June 9, 2016
The four women of the Sidewalk Seven who were arrested on May 16 in Washington, DC, for blocking the entrance to the underground garage of the building housing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be arraigned in Superior Court on Thursday, June 9. The four are Claude Guillemard, of Baltimore, MD, Ellen Taylor of Washington, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 8, 2016
PLEASE join us Wednesday between 4pm-6pm at the entrance to the facility on the corner of Allens Ave and Terminal Rd.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, FANG Collective, Fields Point Liquefaction Facility, national grid | Leave a response
By Jerry Elmer on June 7, 2016
“In short, the scare tactics used by Invenergy and its allies to oppose this provision of the Fogarty Bill are just not true.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Featured, Infrastructure, State House, Taxes | Tagged burrillville, CLF, Conservation Law Fund, Donna Nesselbush, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, national grid, Nicholas Kettle, Paul Fogarty | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2016
“We need help,” said Red Bandana Award winner Sarath Suong, “For those folks who live on the East Side of Providence or have friends and family or any influence in Providence, please contact Councilpeople [Samuel] Zurier and [Seth] Yurdin. And please urge them to really support the Community Safety Act.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged All Students Count Act 2016, Artemis Moonhawk, Bill Harley, chris monti, Community Safety Act, ERB, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Nick-a-Nees, Providence Police Department, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Red Bandana Awards, Samuel Zurier, Sarath Suong, seth yurdin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2016
It would be easy to see Coit’s suggestion, which was approved unanimously by the board, as indicative of a concern about environmental impacts and as a response to the concerns of community members who have spoken at one or more of the open comment hearings held in Burrillville, but in reality Coit’s suggestion may be no more than an attempt to make sure all the bases are covered.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy, janet coit, Margaret Curran, MTBE, Ocean State Power Plant, Parag Agrawal, RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Department of Transportation, RIDEM, ridot, Todd Bianco | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 5, 2016
When issues are decided by referendum, said lobbyist Lenette Boiselle, “those who spend the most money usually win.”
Representative Aaron Regunberg then asked, “Money plays a big role in every election. Do you think we shouldn’t have any elections?”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abigail Johnson, Fidelity Investments, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, John Niland, Laurie White, Lenette Boiselle, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Brown | 1 Response
By Chloe Chassaing on June 3, 2016
Camilo faced spending the rest of his life in prison, charged with felony assaults against the police commissioner of Philadelphia, John Timoney, and accused of using a bicycle as a deadly weapon on a different police officer.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 2, 2016
“[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy trial”
– Sixth Amendment
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2016
“…using her birth name is both disrespectful and dangerous,” says Ethan Huckel of TGI Network of RI, “because it has the potential to out her as transgender. This is not only a violation of her privacy, but, depending on her personal circumstances, could jeopardize her safety.